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extension of FTLs

Old 4th May 2020, 04:52
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extension of FTLs

I understand some airlines are doing long-haul single duty out and back as a temporary exemption from the FTLs to avoid crews getting stuck in quarrantine. Wondering of anyone's been involved in this or done it themselves?
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Old 4th May 2020, 06:37
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Haven't done it myself but on a fleet where some of my colleagues have - UK>China>UK.

The in house forum where this was being discussed between those who had done it recently/were about to do one of these is locked down ATM but as I recall the discussions:

Typically 7 pilots in total.

Leg outbound from UK run as a standard 3 pilot sector (2 operating, third as the "heavy"/relief) with the other 4 pilots resting in the cabin or crew rest area.
Turnaround..
Leg inbound to UK run as a 4 pilot sector (2 operating, 2 "heavy") with the original 3 pilots off, resting...

As I recall the discussion before it got locked down there was some debate about how to handle the shifts on the 4 pilot inbound sector - whether to just schedule the rests in our standard way: the Operating crew in the seats up to almost half way, then heavies in the seats for a long shift, then switch back Op crew in for the last hour, or go for more frequent changeovers/shorter "shifts".

Oh, and hotel available at base...

HTH for now, at least until somebody pops along who has actually done one of these.
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Old 5th May 2020, 01:19
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thanks Wiggy, strange times indeed!
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